People love to complain about how busy they are. They lament that there are only 24 hours in a day—not enough time to get the sleep they need, do their work, spend time with their family and friends, participate in leisure activities, or pursue their dreams and add meaning to their lives.
Author, blogger and speaker Laura Vanderkam begs to differ. According to her research, we have more time each week than we think (168 hours to be exact), but the problem is we aren’t aware of how we’re spending it. She argues that by logging our activities and seeing exactly what we do each day, we can begin to use our hours for the things that will nurture our careers, our relationships and ourselves.
Vanderkam focuses first on the mornings, which the most successful people use to get critical tasks done first and set the tone for the rest of the day. She then discusses the importance of planning out our weekends so we can have fun, recharge and rejuvenate. Finally, she offers seven daily disciplines for making work hours more productive. By the end of this one-day workshop, you’ll be ready to break your old patterns and use your time more wisely.
In this class, you’ll learn how to:
- Emulate the habits of successful people and create a more fulfilling life.
- Create and fill out a daily diary to map out how you spend your time.
- Identify what your dreams are and how you can pursue them.
- Understand your core competencies and capitalize on them.
- Figure out what your priorities are and how to make sure they come first.
- Get in touch with what makes you feel happy and satisfied.
- Play offense with your time by blocking in the important stuff.
- Ignore, minimize or outsource the things you don’t want to do.
- Stop wasting your evening hours and go to bed earlier so you can get up earlier.